SwePol wrote:I just have to say.
The price guides in this post is about right, but why spend Â£15000 on tools that you can shop around for and get for LESS than Â£1500...?
I opened up my own locksmith business in central London for Â£1421.74...
I got ALL the tools that I need to do the job (Non-auto) and so far I have not drilled one single lock.
(So I have basicaly a 100% non-destructive rate)
I do not use a company van, I decided to go "Green" and use the city bikes which gives me just over Â£1800 a year from the council.
I do not carry a large stock, normally 2 Union, 2 Yale, 2 ERA Euro Cylinders, 2 Chubb 5 lever Mortice, 2 ERA 5 lever Mortice and 2 Union 5 lever Mortice locks.
What I don't undertand is why people is always so negative when it comes to OPEN a new business.
You can always start small and expand as it comes.
As for the training.
I did not attend any training courses what so ever, however I did spend almost 1 year on the internet studying the art of lockpicking and I spent every single free night and day practice on old locks at home.
I just wish that other people was more helpsome when it comes to explain how the start-up works.
I would personally recommend NOT to get in to Auto/Safe work until you have at least 1-2 years experiance within the trade (and a bit of loose cash) and it is right that it will cost a lot to get all the tools for that, otherwise anyone could buy the tools and we wouldn't need safes...
(I hope I did not upset anyone by this post, I just want for people to be more helpfull)
Happy picking and don't break the law...
Well what can i say ? Im also in london and the originator of this thread and what a load of tosh if ever ive seen it. Mainly shops eh with no stock and no van ? Giving customers what they want ? Extra keys sir ? Oh sorry havent got the key machine on the bike today sir.
Â£900 per day ? Yeah right. To be generating that much Â£Â£ you must be spending a fair bit too.If you are making over 3k a week then should a have a van soon enough and could also afford the associated running costs.
The amount of variety ive seen on buildings around london is amazing,banham,evva,bramah are all common in london,in fact some will only get insurance with certain brands of lock fitted.
If you only do lock outs then so be it but doing one at 3am and then finding out your supplier isnt open at 3 am so cant replace the lock you have just drilled is a problem.Could always fit a one size fits all euro, bit hard selling the upgrade though with only 2 in the rucksack.Ive changed quite a few multipoints too,quite a few new builds in london have them.
The difference in start up costs is because some do it properly and some dont.If i get called out to an ali door,multipoint,burglary damage,freshfit lock in wood,metal or even upvc i can do it without a return trip.If they want extra keys not a problem.If they want the lock rekeyed or keyed alike i can do it.Only a few days ago i repinned a restricted evva cylinder in the van to save the customer the expense and inconvenience of waiting for a new lock.
I know a guy in london who uses a motor bike with a lot of kit in paniers but also who can whizz back to home in central london if he needs something he hasnt got on him.He also has a van too as the bike doesnt cover everything.
I can only assume this post is a wind up or another wannabe operating under the guise of "locksmith" to part unsuspecting members of the public from their cash.